Hello you,  

And welcome to your practice for Day #14 -- our final day of this series. 

It's Adreanna back with you for this morning's practice, where we're going to keep things a bit spacious and simple.

When I consider the ingredients necessary for any living thing to bloom, the list is strikingly short. 

A warm, and nurturing environment, perhaps from the sun and the soil. 

A bit of tending and consistent nourishment. 

Space to stretch open and safety from predators.

Followed by regular doses of the elements the bud needs to flourish. 

Water. Oxygen. Nitrogen. Encouragement.

Nature is rather simple that way. 

Every acorn already has the intelligence to know how to become an oak tree.

It doesn't need to try, really. It just needs some warmth and space. (and of course, consistent nutrients.)   

Which is why we keep it simple today.  Followed by a dedication of our merit. 

But first I want to say adieu with this excerpt of poetry from Galway Kinnel-- which I first encountered in the book LovingKindness by Sharon Salzberg.

It's plucked from a poem called Saint Francis and the Sow, and it brings the truth + beauty home. In the way that poetry often does. 

"The bud

stands for all things

even for those things that don't flower,

for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; 

though sometimes it is necessary

to reteach a thing it's loveliness, 

to put a hand on it's brow 

of the flower

and retell it in words and in touch 

it is lovely 

until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing."

And so it is.

Just grab a comfortable seat, and perhaps a pen + paper to capture your own insights after meditation, and click the video ABOVE.